The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Ratings: 547 | Reviews: 247 | Display Reviews Only:
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
Very dark coloured, slightly spicy aroma. The taste is of a rather basic bock, enhanced by a little heat, and lots of chocolate. As if the chocolate is to make up for the bock taste. Everything is OK by itself, but the characteristics are not well integrated. Decent drinkability. Medium mouthfeel.
02-13-2012 13:23:58 | More by Sammy
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
Poured from bomber bottle into a pint glass. $5.99 purchase price.
Pours dark black with 1/4 inch of tan foam. Dark chocolate coffee smell, with a peppery undertone. Dark malty taste, smooth which fades into jalapeno/pepper heat. Light fire there but sits and smolders. I guess this kind of works, but for me a novelty - could not see doing more than tasting this.
As beer warms and progresses, the chilis get to me. Heartburn alert. The remainder is dumped.
02-12-2012 12:37:20 | More by KTCamm
3.95/5 rDev +6.8%
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a black body with an initially lofty, though soon settling, khaki head.
Smell: Barley malt toasted and roasted and paired up with a fair portion of dear old chocolate, tiny bits of dark fruit, a near-forgotten cinnamon stick, and a faintly smoke-addled chipotle pepper.
Taste: Toasted, caramelly, and coffee-accented malts glazed in a firm coating of sweet chocolate. A little raisin and date tucked deep into the various tastes. Earthy chilies, initially quite mild and inconsequential, though the heat is very slowly accumulating and gaining traction with the spicy cinnamon. Though it's quite a departure, the elements of the base style are still present. Lightly warming, sweetish, chocolaty finish. Chipotle and a little bit of alcohol lingering in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Smooth, lightly velvety mouthfeel.
Overall: Seems to be the Chocolate Bock given a boost and an addition of chilies, cinnamon, and love. I'm down for that.
02-08-2012 05:32:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
Thanks to jtd1969 for splitting this bottle with me.
Pours a deep, dark brown that borders on black with a thin layer of soft, off white head that has little retention. The nose has an odd powdery character to it with notes of cocoa powder and chili powder. The lager yeast is also noticeable. The flavor is much the same; a little chocolate reminiscent of cocoa powder, a little spice reminiscent of chili powder, and a distinct lagery, yeasty finish. The bottles promises a bity, spicy finish, but there isn't one in my opinion. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is a little dry.
I'm glad I got to try this but I'm not sure I would have it again. The powdery characteristics in my opinion detracted from the overall balance and drinkability.
02-06-2012 09:31:57 | More by tdm168
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by chocolate. Taste is chocolate, some chili spicyness, very rich and flavorful. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer worth seeking out.
02-04-2012 16:22:10 | More by tone77
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with red brown tones at the edges. Two finger fine to medium light tan head dissipates quickly to a film with lacing on the sides. Very faint aroma of dark malt and chocolate. Flavor is interesting, dark malt dominated by chocolate and a hint of vanilla The chilies appear in the finish and work quite nicely, making an interesting flavor progression. Medium bodied with a nice play between the chili and the carbonation for a peppery mouthfeel. I like this one quite a bit. Interesting ad tasty.
02-04-2012 04:39:45 | More by LiquidAmber
2.98/5 rDev -19.5%
Out of the bomber…
A- It’s a dark mahogany brown tone with a big tan head…I poured it pretty quickly hoping to open it up.
S- Smelled of cocoa powder and sweet, burnt sugar, and a bit of cinnamon with the slightest hint of soy. No pepper on the nose for me.
T- Taste is lacking. I was really hoping for some chili pepper, but it wasn’t there. It’s a stretch, but I got a very slight warmth on the way down…probably more alcohol than chili. Cocoa is there. This could have been so much better.
M- A little more than light bodied. Way thinner than expected.
D- This is fairly drinkable, but my expectations were such that I had trouble polishing it off as I expected. Great idea, but flavors need to be much bolder.
02-04-2012 01:36:24 | More by alkemy
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
Poured from 220z bottle into pint glass. Been curious to try this one for a while
A- Dark brown with 1/2" head. I didnt know what to expect from the look but it certainly looks "bock-ish"
S- Smells like a bock with a little extra sucrose. Not picking up much chocolate or chili
T- Definitely pick up some chocolate malts in the taste but nothing drastic. Where's the chili? It's a sweet brew but not necessarily in a good way. Some stronger chili notes would do wonders for this "chili bock"
M- Low carbonation, quite a pleasent mouthfeel as it coats but doesn't linger
O- Bad? No, but not what I was expecting. Glad to try it but won't buy again
02-01-2012 03:39:20 | More by pschul4
The Vixen Chocolate Chili Bock from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.